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SM Adam volume 22/143


[1] Design for a chimneypiece for the gallery, 1764, as executed


Elevation of a chimneypiece, with tapering pilaster stiles ornamented with drops of bows, urns, military trophies, bell flowers, and calyx, and surmounted by busts, with a frieze ornamented with bows, husks, military trophies, and urns, and with a figurative tablet, the whole surmounted by a mantel ornamented with rosettes, and arabesques, supporting volutes ornamented with rosettes, acanthus leaves, anthemia, and lions, and supporting birds, and a coronet, with a flier showing an alternative arrangement for the mantel, ornamented with anthemia, bows, and festoons, with urns, and enclosed rosettes in the capitals, and surmounted by three candelabra, and two volutes ornamented with rosettes, and acanthus leaves


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


Design for Furnishing the Top of the Gallery Chimneys / for the Earl of Thanet (in pen and underwritten in pencil) / Gallery Chimney Piece at the Earl of Thanets / in Grosvenor Square

Signed and dated

  • 1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (293 x 274) (flier 274 x 101)


Adam office hand, possibly George Richardson or James Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 39
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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